POLICE are hoping the Eastern European community in Wisbech will join in the hunt for the killer of teenager Alisa Dmitrijeva.
The man leading the hunt for Alisa’s murderer, Detective Chief Inspector Jes Fry, told the Citizen he wants to hear from anyone who has any information about the 17-year-old’s movements between midday on August 30 up to September 6.
And he particularly appealed to those with links to the Lithuanian, Latvian and Russian communities to come forward to help bring Alisa’s killer to justice.
DCI Fry said he would be working closely with colleagues in Cambridgeshire police who were working on the case of Alisa’s disappearance since August.
He is hoping that people who previously failed to come forward because they believed Alisa had simply gone off or even returned to her native Latvia will now contact officers with information that could provide the vital leads needed.
“We feel there is still information within the community that could help the enquiry. Maybe people thought it was simply another missing girl who had gone on a jaunt or that she had gone back to Latvia and haven’t bothered to contact us. Now it is a murder it might encourage them to speak to us directly or via Crimestoppers so they can remain anonymous,” said DCI Fry.
He said there is still no clear cause of death, although shooting and stabbing have been ruled out, and that it could take between six and 10 weeks before toxicology results are back.
“Obviously it would be good to know how she died, but it won’t stop the enquiry. We have enough to be progressing with,” said DCI Fry, who also admitted the initial delay in thinking Alisa was simply a missing teenager could mean some vital clues have been lost.
“There has been a time delay from when she was last seen in the early hours of August 31 up until the time she was found. I would like to hear from anyone who has seen her in Wisbech in that time frame or elsewhere in King’s Lynn.
“Only yesterday (Sunday) a member of the public came forward to say they had seen someone fitting Alisa’s description at 12.45am on August 31 in a slightly different area of King’s Lynn and we will be speaking to that particular person to firm up their information.
“Any sightings, anything at all between midday on August 30 up until September 6 would be very helpful. The last sighting is 12.15pm on August 31 but obviously we don’t know where she went from there. We don’t know when she was murdered. We haven’t yet established whether she was murdered at the site where she was found,” said DCI Fry.
He said officers would be following up suggestions made in a national newspaper reportedly made by Alisa’s mother Anzela Dmitrijeva, who lives in Lincoln, that the teenager had recently got into drugs.
However, he categorically said there was nothing to back up claims in another national paper that Alisa had been involved as a sex worker.
“We will look into the drugs, we have limited information on that at this time, so it is something we need to look into. There was also information that she was involved in sex work.
“From my point of view there is nothing to link Alisa with the sex industry, that has now been discounted. We don’t want people making some sort of moral judgement and not come forward,” said DCI Fry.
Alisa was last seen getting into a green Lexus with two male acquaintances just after midnight on August 31 in Friars Street, King’s Lynn.
They say they dropped her off near to Asda, in Leverington Road, Wisbech, but police cannot find CCTV evidence of her arriving there. She was reported missing by her grandmother Lidija Nesterova on September 6.
DCI Fry said officers are keen to find Alisa’s mobile phone.
Anyone with any information relating to the incident should contact the Joint Norfolk and Suffolk Major Investigation Team at Norfolk Constabulary on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800-555-111.